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Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset - White
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4 out of 5 eggs The definitive headset review AND comparison with Logitech 06/25/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset - White

Pros: I have been testing this item very thoroughly for quite a while and believe I have an excellent review for my NewEgg friends.
I compare with the Logitech G930, a competitor which is available for the exact same price as I write this, against the Sennheiser HD650 for sound quality reference.
I am a heavy gamer and have very significant experience in high-end audio and wireless communication.

First, the + likes:

QUALITY FEEL AND CONSTRUCTION:
+The The Corsair headphones feel well-made and solid, almost like something you'd expect to see on a Star Trek comms officer. The headphone has a solid "intentional" feel when moving up and down. To contrast, the Logitech feels creaky and plasticky; cheap if you will. With every movement it feels like sheets of plastic rubbing up against each-other. As I note below, the Logitech does have the better volume control, which is important to me. Overall a CLEAR win for the Corsair.

EAR CUPS:
+ Corsair ear cups are *real cloth* rather than the cheap vinyl used by Logitech. Vinyl tends to crack over time and makes skin feel clammy and sweaty.
Logitech's cloth is connected by a strip of vinyl, though not on a part that flexes, so it should last if it is as high quality as I'd expect from Corsair.
See note about the ear cups in "cons" below.

CONTROLS:
I feel Corsair's control layout is slightly better than Logitech's. I can tell from feel more easily which button is which, however, both can use improvement. The Corsair doesn't present an "obvious hand position" from which to press buttons by feel.
The Logitech has more buttons because it is programmable, but its buttons are harder to tell apart by feel.
+I prefer the Logitech's "roller bar" volume control, similar to the one used on Corsair's K70 RGB keyboard but strangely not their headset. Corsair's volume control is still good though -- rather than using buttons, which I don't like because they offer little control and can easily be confused with non-volume buttons when busy with a battle, the VOID uses a momentary switch, which you move back or forward, then it returns to home position.

AUDIO QUALITY
+ Who cares? Seriously, these are gaming headphones, not DJ headphones.
With that said, I did a quality comparison with a set of high-end headphones on a quality DAC. Please note that audio quality is very hard to review and is largely subjective.
Both Corsair and Logitech sounded clearly worse than the Sennheisers, and both are closed headphones so hard to compare with the open Sennheisers. The Logitech seem better are reproducing bass, but the Corsair overall sounds closer to the Sennheiser reference, especially in treble. This is a win for Corsair.

NICE TOUCHES:
I like how the Corsair VOID plays a beep to let you know when it has turned off or on. The Logitech just blinks the light a few times, but I have to stop and make sure every time.
Neither plays a beep to let you know about the volume during silent scenes. That would be kind if nice. Any takers?

Cons: Now, the downsides (compared to Logitech):

SOFTWARE:
- In my opinion as a senior software engineer and designer, Corsair's software for the VOID is *much* harder to use than Logitech's. I wish I could show screen shots, but it's obvious from the first glance. For example, Corsair's software has an icon for the K70 and for the VOID in a corner, and I can click on each, but this doesn't seem to do anything. If I click on the "Profiles" or "Lighting" tab, then I click on "VOID WIRELESS", I expect to see those settings for the VOID WIRELESS, yet everything I do affects only the keyboard.
Furthermore, it's surprisingly unintuitive in Corsair's software to find such basic info as "What is my battery level at?"
There appear to be some weird translation errors, too. When I mouseover the icons for either, I get the text, "Works normally", where they probably meant "Working normally" or similar.
In design terms, I'd call the Corsair software "Not discoverable" (hard to intuitively figure it out by just exploring) whereas Logitech's is very clear and simple and uses large graphics to show exactly what is going on.
That said, Corsair took over a year to support Windows 10 properly, so their software support staff seems a little too small (but oh-so-good at UI design).

EAR CUPS:
- The Corsair VOID is not as comfortable to large ears for long sessions. Logitech keeps the transducers farther from my fairly large ears. Because of this, my ears are not pressed down. I find the Corsair headphones get uncomfortable after 3-4 hours whereas the Logitech stays comfortable for about 6-8. The Logitech cup is also "more ear shaped". This is likely not a problem unless you have fairly large ears.

- About 25% of the time when I go out of transmitter range and then return, the Corsair headset does not reconnect until I unplug / replug the USB transceiver. The Logitech has never had this issue.

LIGHTS:
- I have a Corsair K70-RGB keyboard and was surprised to learn that I cannot synchronize the headset and keyboard lights (not that doing so is important). This may be due to the fact that the K70 supports complex animations and, in a way, is like a low-res full RGB monitor; the VOID has but one set of LEDs on each side, so simply cannot support the same features.
The Logitech has no programmable lights at all.

Other Thoughts: = Please note that the Logitech G930 I use to compare is NOT Logitech's latest model. Their latest is the G933, but it costs about twice as much on Newegg, so I felt it an unfair comparison. Note that the G930 was Logitech's highest-end model, so even though it is less expensive now due to its age, you can expect it to have more features than the Corsair since they targeted different markets.

= Logitech supports their headset even after the warranty is over with replacement parts. For example, I can buy a new battery rather than a whole new headset. Corsair also sells replacement parts for some products, but at this time their website sells no parts for the Corsair Void. This may be due to the product's newness -- all of them are still under warranty, thus parts may be available in the future.

Both headsets have their ups and downs. Overall, I prefer the Logitech, though

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TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Stop renting your cable modem. This is fast and inexpensive. 01/10/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: - Works with CableOne (ISP) and CableOne Business, which tops out at 200Mbit service.
- Easy setup
- TP-Link is becoming known as a brand which represents "good but not expensive"
- Pays for itself in under a year compared to renting the modem!

Cons: - Extremely light weight plus narrow base means that it easily falls over when the attached cables have any tension or torsion.

- Limited to a bit under 340Mbit service. This is not a problem for most, but if your ISP has faster-than-350Mbit service, keep in mind that you cannot reach it with this unit. I could not test this unit at above 200Mb/s: This limit is based on the documented limits.
My ISP's highest-end package doesn't even come close to that.

Other Thoughts: I have many friends which rent their cable modems for $6-$20/month depending on the ISP. Even at the lower-end ($6per month), this unit will pay for itself in less than a year, even considering time value of money. Typically, a purchase is considered a good investment if it makes back its cost in 3 years or less, so it makes absolutely no sense to continue renting unless your rental fee is extremely low (under $1.50/month).

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WD EX2100 (WDBWAZ0080JBK-NESN) My Cloud Expert Series 2-Bay Pre-configured 8 TB NAS with dual-core processor
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Pros: I reviewed one of these (the 12TB version, though the only difference is the space available) as an EggXpert and since got another one and recommend them to my friends and colleagues.
This my favorite NAS of all time, though I also really like Synology or NetApp when money is no object (See Other Thoughts for business features).

The WD MyCloud is much more than just a networked set of hard drives. Here are a few of the cool things it can do:

- Auto-update its own firmware, so you don't need to deal with it. The firmware seems so well designed, I trust WD to get this right, and they do.

- Turn itself off to save power at night (or on whatever shedule you want)

- Use 2 network connections in case one fails (link aggregation). Note: In certain cases this could improve performance too, but probably not with only two hard drives.

- Monitor a battery backup (UPS) and tell other computers to shut down safely when the battery is low.

- Send an email or SMS message if a problem occurs (like disk full or if a drive fails)

- Auto-backup your computers, camera, or USB drive.

- Graphically monitor usage and network activity

- Supports not just RAID1 and 0 but also spanning and apparently a "separate drives managed separately" option that they call JBOD.

The distinguishing characteristic, however, is how easy and clean WD made the user interface. It so so simple and intuitive to get things done. I wish I could share screen captures to show you what I mean.

Cons: The firmware incorrectly presents JBOD as "The use of one or more drives not in a RAID configuration but managed as separate logical volumes." and spanning as "Combination of drives in a linear fashion to create one large logical volume."
In every context I have ever seen, JBOD and spanning are the same thing. JBOD arrays are not presented as individual drives, despite the acronym.

Other Thoughts: The EX2100 is one of the higher-end WD NAS units and as such has a number of features useful to businesses:

- Microsoft ActiveDirectory authentication
- Advanced link aggregation/trunking (AKA teaming, bonding, etc.) including load balancing, 802.3ad, and others.
- LLTD (quality of service diagnostics and network topology)
- Share aggregation (Show shares from several NAS units as one)
- Max SMB version settings (limit to SMB 1, 2, or 3)
- Configurable NTP (time server)
- One WD NAS can backup another WD NAS in a remote location
- SSH server, NFS server, WebDAV, and FTP.

I can set one of these up and have it usefully on the network in about 6-8 minutes.

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